David Gates is Director of Policy and a Senior Attorney in the Harrisburg office. Mr. Gates has been representing families and adult consumers regarding issues involving Medical Assistance and other forms of health insurance since 1976. He has worked for the Bucks County Welfare Rights Organization, Bucks County Legal Aid, State Sen. Roxanne Jones, and the National Health Law Program in Washington DC. Since 1991 he has worked for the Pennsylvania Health Law Project representing persons with developmental and behavioral disabilities and their families under a grant from the PA Developmental Disabilities Council.
Mr. Gates is a member of DPW’s Home & Community Based Services Stakeholder Planning Committee, the Bureau of Autism Services Advisory Board, the Bureau of Autism Services Housing Workgroup, the Bureau of Autism Services Autism Insurance (Act 62) External Workgroup and serves as a consultant to DPW on implementation of Act 62. He is also an active member of the Disability Budget Coalition and serves on the Statewide Independent Living Council’s Employment Workgroup. He has previously been a member of DPW’s Autism Task Force, DPW’s Autism Waiver External Advisory Committee, the Advisory Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, Children’s Behavioral Health Task Force, the Office of Mental Health’s Family Based Mental Health Services Workgroup and the Respite Development Workgroup, the Office of Long Term Living’s Housing Advisory Committee, the Intergovernmental Long Term Care Council’s Housing Alternatives Work Group, and the Advisory Committee to the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform.
Mr. Gates won the Rose Rosa Advocacy Award from the Montgomery Co. ARC in 1996. In 1999 he won the Striving for Excellence Award from PA Legal Services, the Advocacy Award from the Philadelphia Alliance of Mental Health & Mental Retardation Providers and the Advocacy Award from the PA Initiative on Assistive Technology. In 2009, he was awarded an Excellence Award from the PA Legal Aid Network for his participation in the HomeWorks project which couples homeownership with consumer directed services for persons with disabilities.